The National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education is popularly known as the Mid-day Meal Scheme. It was launched on 15 August 1995 by the Government of India. Mid – day meal scheme is the national programme of nutritional support to primary education. It is a countrywide Central scheme planned to perk up the regular attendance, enrollment and lessen dropout in schools. Mid – day meal scheme is also intended to enhance the nutritional condition of primary school children. Mid – day meal scheme is the largest school feeding programme in the world reaching out to about 11 Crore children in around 12 lakh schools across the nation. The Mid – day meal scheme is being executed in all States & Union Territories of India.
From 2008 - 09, that is, with effect from April, 2008, Mid – day meal scheme covers all children studying in Local Body & Government - aided primary as well as upper primary schools & the alternate as well as innovative education centres comprising Madersa & Maqtabs supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan of all areas across the nation.
The presentation of mid - day meal scheme has varied across States. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, owing to authoritative food mafias & corrupt officials, there has been very poor execution. However, in the state of Tamil Nadu, it has proved to be quite an achievement.